Vinrock has 30 acres of vineyards which are between McLaren Vale and Willunga off Malpas Road. This venture is the heart and sole of Don Luca and his sons in law. They grow Shiraz , Grenache and Cabernet and of course they put everything they can to produce the best grapes they can. They keep some of the best grapes and produce small parcels of wine. The wines have received accolades from wine reviewers including a 4.5 star winery rating by James Halliday. The vineyard was planted in 1998 and the label shows an artists impression of Don planting the first vine cane.
Vinrock do not have a web site but you can check out their web site at Vinrock Web Site
2010 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre ($A25)
There was no mucking around for this wine – the aromas hit me the moment I opened this bottle. Enjoyment is the only way I can describe I can put it. The aromas of raspberries and plums in an earthy envelope – that just seemed to take over the whole area close to the open bottle and glass. The drinking was wonderfully easy – raspberries and minerallity (I assume this is from the oak). Here is a wine that shows delicate flavors but has strength and length, with the typical McLaren Vale mid palate right through to such a lasting finish. Unlikely I will be sharing any of this one. I can see this with some roasted duck or some game like rabbit.
2009 Grenache ($A25)
When I first opened the wine I was quite concerned as there was almost no aroma. I thought what was going on here. However, I should not have been concerned as soon the aromas opened up with the usual red fruits for Grenache. The real surprise for me was the smell of blueberry – I was not expecting that. The flavors had the usual plum but had sage and red licorice. Unfortunately the finish was slightly bitter and had some stewed fruit feel about it.
2008 Shiraz ($A25)
Some fruits of the Shiraz and dominated by anise, dark chocolate and the vanilla of the American oak. The flavors are dark – dark plums and dark chocolate, mixed with the oak vanilla. Again some slight bitterness that just took the edge off the wine’s finish.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($A25)
McLaren Vale Cabernet does not always taste like the classical range of Cabernet flavors – but this one does. The blackcurrent is evident on both the aromas and flavors. There is also a sense of cherry, earth and really fine tannins. Unlike some Cabernets the mid palate is here in spades – McLaren Vale comes through again! As a person who does not drink a lot of Cabernet, this one is a drinker and a keeper.
2009 Scarce Earth Shiraz ($A60)
The Scarce Earth Project is bringing high quality single vineyard wines that show the character of the different soils. This version is all about what is good about McLaren Vale Shiraz. The ripe plum fruits, the generous mid palate and the length of character from the tannins and good acid. The oak character was slightly strong right now so I recommend keeping this wine for a few years before you really will get the enjoyment this wine is made for.
2010 Terra Mia Shiraz (~$A12)
Everyday drinking wine with little aromas but there was good fruit depth with a mixture of plum and licorice. As you would expect there is not a lot of oak character here. Also as expected, the oak is minimal but the fruit and the acid here pulls this wine off. If value is what you crave then this one maybe worth checking out.